Writers fail to promote benefits of marijuana use
A spate of op-eds and letters to The Buffalo News have recently decried the dangers of marijuana. Most of them mention the possibility that the stuff will fall into the hands of children and cite the potential for health problems.
What the writers fail to note is that marijuana is already readily available to kids, and as early as elementary school.
Writers also fail to note that in order to obtain marijuana, kids must break state and federal laws and buy it from peers or drug dealers, many of whom intentionally promote hard drug use.
Illegally obtained marijuana may be contaminated with herbicides, synthetics, or other harmful substances. Any dangers to health are magnified due to such contamination. Legalization and regulation of marijuana for adult use makes sense when one considers the risks in purchasing it from sources that are unreliable and potentially unscrupulous.
Legalization will permit police to attend to more serious matters while bringing in much-needed tax dollars. Regulation will ensure product purity and quality, and will undermine what is now a thriving and criminal black market.
As a result, and importantly, children and youth will likely find marijuana far more difficult to obtain than they do at the present time.
And, marijuana has been